Maintaining your ecodek
It is surprising how just generally so much debris/litter is found in the garden at this time of year. It seems timely that we remind you that it’s the perfect time of year for that ecodek®
Autumnal bi-annual clean!
ecodek® is inherently a very low maintenance product and cleaning your ecodek® maintains the ventilation and drainage gaps in between boards plus you will maximize its slip resistance, aesthetics and lifespan.
We recommend using Saicos, a cleaning product specifically formulated for use on Wood Polymer Composite materials.
Using our recommended WPC cleaner and a common garden hose is more than enough to clean and restore your ecodek® and If you are having difficulty in removing stains, please contact our Technical Department for advice on how best to remove them.
Always make up the cleaning solution as directed on the Saicos bottle and apply to the surface of the deck using a soft mop (or very soft nylon bristle brush) and gently work in to the surface. Allow the solution to sit for 15-20 minutes. The best way of loosening dirt and debris is by using a soft brush.
Go over the surface again with any remaining solution and immediately rinse off the solution using a garden hosepipe. Ensure all the solution is removed.
Don’t be tempted to use a jet wash as you may risk damaging the deck surface due to the high pressure some jet wash machines can produce.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding cleaning your ecodek® please contact us directly and we will be more than happy to discuss them with you.
This week’s feature image is of a freshly washed Pebble Grey ecodek® deck.
My job for tomorrow is to clean my own ecodek® so I will let you know in next week’s blog post how I got on.
There’s a couple of other jobs you can do at this time of the year in the garden whether it’s clearing up fallen leaves from lawns, ponds or beds, planting out winter bedding, putting out bird food to encourage winter birds into the garden and planting tulip bulbs for a spring display next year.
We share with you some gardening tips for November from Thompson and Morgan.
We hope these helpful cleaning tips will be useful giving your more information on how to maintenance your ecodek® keeping it in tip-top condition.
Let’s not forget that this Sunday is Guy Fawkes Night and some of our Ecodek team are already starting to make plans for this weekend, including keeping pets safe and calm if they are nervous with all the whizz, bangs and pops!
We share with you some tips if you are thinking of planning your own firework display at home:-
Buy the right type of Fireworks
So many shops are now selling fireworks around this time of year but how can you be sure that those fireworks you are buying aren’t going to cause an injury. Always make sure that any you buy are designed for home use, and are suitable for the size of your garden. Also look out for the British Standard Number BS 7114 which ensures the fireworks you are buying have been produced in the UK and meet safety standards. Don’t be tempted to buy cheaper, imported fireworks just to save cash as they may not be safe!
Light fireworks safely
Always make sure that bonfires and fireworks are lit at least 18m (60ft) away from houses, trees, hedges, fences, shrubs and shreds. Keep your bonfire small and have a few buckets of water handy in case of an emergency.
Adults should always be the only people to handle fireworks you need to make sure there are no flammable plants or material nearby. Always read the instructions on the firework by torchlight rather than a naked flame. Make sure everyone is standing well back and light the firework and immediately walk away. Don’t go back to check on the firework – be patient! Once the fireworks have finished, used fireworks should be stored in a buck of water to prevent fire.
Wear gloves when holding sparklers
Children should always be supervised when holding sparklers and it’s also important to make sure that they wear thick gloves which will protect their skin from burns. Keep sparklers away from the face and eyes and never leave children alone with them or allow them to light them up by themselves. Don’t’ allow children under the age of five to hold sparklers.
Keep your pets safe indoors
Let’s not forget that Bonfire Night can be stressful for our pets who find the loud noises frightening. Keep your pets indoors and ensure that all windows are closed and curtains are shut to reduce the noise. Turning on the TV can distract pets from the loud noises
If you are looking for more stress free bonfire night, why not wrap up warm, grab some warm food and go along to an organised bonfire in your town or village. At least it will be a lot safer and you will probably have more of a spectacular display.
We leave you with a clip from The British Firework Championships 2017 Selstar Fireworks (Winner 2017) in (HD) courtesy of YouTube – Whatever your plans, stay safe and have fun this weekend.
We’d love to hear from you if have given your ecodek® a bi-annual clean or if you have any photos after cleaning please share with us – Leave us a comment in the comments field below.